Escambia County Pensacola

Weekend Buzz: Grand jury update, Century spotlight, #fangate hype

October 20, 2014

The State Grand Jury on the Escambia County Jail has stalled due to lack of quorum. Several witnesses have yet to be called because of the lack of healthy jurors. Maybe this week will go better for the State Attorney’s Office.

The Federal Grand Jury has met again. No news on its investigation into Mayor Ashton Hayward, which means that probably won’t be anything from the feds before the November 4 election. Based on the hate mail I’ve received Hayward’s supporters are still concerned.

Century Turnaround
Tonight the Florida Chamber Foundation will present the Century Town Council with its Six Pillars award for the economic strategic plan it has developed. NorthEscambia.com starts a two-week series today, Century -Heart and Soul. There are good things happening in the north Escambia County.

#Fangate Hype
The furor over the electric fan at the last debate between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist had only a slight impact on the governor’s race. Peter Schorsch of SaintPetersblog.com reports that Crist now holds a slight lead in the latest survey from St. Pete Polls, 45 to 43 percent among those sure of whom they are voting for governor.

“Such close numbers suggest “Fangate” has had little effect on voters’ thinking,” wrote Schorsch in his daily newsletter, “But these new numbers must be judged against St. Pete Polls survey before the debate: That poll, taken Oct 8-11, had Scott leading Crist 45 to 44 percent. It would appear that Scott’s performance on Wednesday cost him two or three critical points.”

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